by Staff writer
Several cast members have been replaced over the span of Game of Thrones’ seven seasons.
In most cases, the characters are minor enough that fans paid not much attention to the change, or even unaware of it, but same is not true for bigger roles.
Such characters are replaced with very similar-looking actors so that the change won’t be too apparent.
Of all the recasting we’ve seen on the HBO’s hit series, that of the Night King might as well be the most remarkable.
The fearsome Night King was played by actor Richard Brake in seasons 4 and 5, only to be recast in Season 6.
In the sixth season of Game of Thrones, Vladimir Furdik replaced Brake as the Night King, receiving just the same type of prosthetic transformation as him.
Furdik reprised the role of the Night King for season seven and the ongoing eighth and final season.
The effect is the same, but you can tell there’s a slightly different face under all the makeup when you see the two versions side-by-side.
More interestingly, before taking up the Night King role, Furdik had also appeared on the fifth season as the White Walker who fights Jon Snow at Hardhome.
In the same episode where Richard Brake was playing the Night King, Furdik was starring as the White Walker who Jon kills with his Valyrian steel sword.
Some fans of the show are of the opinion that Richard Brake was a better Night King than Vladimir Furdik.
“The old Night King was more terrifying,” someone commented on Facebook.